LONDON - Arsenal could add to their squad before the Premier League season starts but only if an exceptional player becomes available, manager Unai Emery said on Thursday as he declared himself happy with the club's transfer business.
Arsenal continued their busy close season activity by signing midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from French Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday. France youth international Guendouzi is Emery's fifth signing and follows Switzerland full back Stephan Lichtsteiner, Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, German keeper Bernd Leno and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira.
"Normally in my career, the big clubs don't close the (door) on the moment to sign a new player," Emery told a news conference ahead of their first pre-season game this weekend. "Today, we are OK. Maybe we can bring in one if there's a very good possibility for them to help us, but the club has done a great job of signing new players and I am happy."
Arsenal finished a disappointing sixth last season and missed out on a Champions League qualifying spot, with manager Arsene Wenger leaving after almost 22 years at the club. They face a tough Premier League opener against champions Manchester City on August 12 with Emery, who left French title holders Paris St Germain at the end of last season, trying to build a team that can compete for a top-four finish.
"We signed the players who we needed and only if one player is a big opportunity for us will we sign them," he added. "Normally, we are thinking about the young players, the possibility of them staying with us or going to play on loan at another team. We are also thinking about the players who were with us last year and whether we need them to stay with us. At the moment, I think the squad is complete. We will only sign another player if there is an opportunity to bring in that one player, or two players. We will only sign a player in the next month if he's a big opportunity."